Bang the Drum Slowly Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Henry do as he hears the phone ringing in Chapter 1?

Henry is in bed with his wife, Holly, when he hears the phone ringing. It is the morning and he tries to think of a funny way to answer the phone. Once he does answer it, he knows that it is his friend, Bruce, calling.

2. Why does Bruce call Henry in Chapter 1?

Bruce is calling Henry to inform him that he is in the hospital in Rochester, MN. He says that Henry needs to go and visit him, but Henry responds by saying that he cannot afford the trip. Holly overhears and insists that Henry go and visit Bruce in the hospital.

3. What side note does Henry make before leaving in Chapter 1?

Holly is three months pregnant when Henry leaves for Rochester. He conveys to the reader that the baby will be a girl and that he will not be back until the time of the baby's birth.

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